We recently interviewed Sarah about her experience using the Alexander Technique for constipation relief. Originally from France, Sarah is a 40 year old, project manager working in the music industry and has lived in London for the past 20 years.
Sarah’s Alexander Technique Experience
I’ve struggled with constipation for as long as I can remember, ever since I was growing up as a child. Although I’d never hard any major physical ailments, constipation was always an ongoing issue.
Despite a relatively healthy lifestyle my constipation problem followed me into adulthood. This is in spite of the fact that I try to be as active as possible through weekly exercise including swimming, Pilates and tennis. I also eat healthily and avoid alcohol and saturated fats where possible and regularly meditate using apps such as Headspace.
Eventually, in my late 30’s, I talked openly to a close friend of mine during a Sunday afternoon walk about constipation and how it had affected me . She listened intently, and given her own experiences, recommended that I explore complementary therapies such as Alexander Technique.
Through my friend and my own research I established that the Alexander Technique is a form of movement bodywork. It has been effective for some people experiencing problems such as indigestion, constipation and morning sickness. Apparently, instead of targeting the symptoms directly, Alexander Technique is great for undoing poor habits of contraction. This helps by sending the patient into a softer, more relaxed postural state. This contributes to the feeling of helping the wind along.
The Alexander Technique has really helped me since I started weekly face to face sessions I had a total of six sessions to start with and have since targeted regular touchpoints with my Alexander Technique therapist. However this been disrupted somewhat by the final lockdown.
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